ST. PAUL, Minn. — A fourth-grade field trip to a Mississippi River park popular with fossil hunters turned deadly Wednesday when gravel saturated by persistent rain gave way, killing one child, injuring two others, and leaving a fourth child missing The Associated Press reports.
The landslide at Lilydale Regional Park in St. Paul swept over a group of children from Peter Hobart Elementary School in St. Louis Park, burying one to the waist and completely burying another, according to the report.
Another child suffered minor injuries in the landslide. The three children were taken to a local hospital, and one died, according to a local fire marshal. A search for the fourth child was suspended due to dangerous conditions as light rain fell throughout the afternoon.
“Obviously we have a very tragic situation here today,” Mayor Chris Coleman said at a news conference hours after the gravel slide.
Police and firefighters dug frantically with shovels and their hands to get to the children. Authorities estimate it took an hour to rescue a child buried to the waist, and another half-hour to reach the buried child as more workers and equipment were moved in.
As news of the gravel slide broke, parents gathered at the school, located in a western Minneapolis suburb several miles away, to await their children.
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